As I wander and drive around our local area I notice something. There is a lot of green everywhere but where is the colour, where are the flowers? As busy people look for more ‘low maintenance’ gardens I see swathes of evergreens and shrubs but in comparison there are very few flowers. No wonder the poor old bees are having a hard time of it. Last year I had no time at all to do very much in the garden but the depressing strip of bare ground next to our drive played on my mind so much that I had to do something about it. I bought a packet of seeds described simply as ‘mixed wildflowers’ from the garden centre, roughed up the ground a little, chucked the lot on the sad patch of bare ground and left it. Look at it now!
It makes my heart sing to think that last year this was just a patch of nothing and now, every time I walk past the house or look out of the window there is my very own miniature wildflower meadow.
Get up close and there are beautiful heart-shaped grasses amongst the flowers.
I’ve seen bees and beetles on this once unloved patch, so it just goes to show that you don’t really need any skill or much space to create somewhere beautiful that you and local wildlife can enjoy. This part of gardening has taken me a while to get to grips with: you have to just do things and see how it goes, if it doesn’t work you can try something else next year and if it does work you can pretend that you knew it was going to be marvellous all along. It is a great lesson for life in general.
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